I am not going to try to make any sort of apology for celebrating Arsenal getting a point from our Premier League away day at Old Trafford, even though I expected an Arsenal win before the game and thought that an under strength and under form Manchester United were there for the taking.
As often happens in football, the events on the pitch did not pan out the way most people thought they would and the Gunners were lucky to come away with our unbeaten run intact after Giroud’s last minute equaliser. It has happened to us plenty of times in the past so we will take this probably undeserved point and say thanks very much to the football gods. ...........Read more
Why is it that Arsenal cannot seem to get it together and produce anything like our usual form when we come up against Manchester United? Once again we looked like a completely different team to the one that has looked so promising this season once we turned up at Old Trafford and in the end we needed a late goal from the sub Olivier Giroud to get anything from the game.
We did not really deserve the draw to be honest as Arsenal were second best all over the pitch from the first minute. A more clinical United would have been out of sight long before our French centre forward leapt like a salmon to power home Chamberlain’s cross in the 89th minute. ...........Read more
I may be in the minority of Arsenal fans here, but I still believe that our French centre forward Olivier Giroud is a very good player and is a very realistic option for Arsene Wenger to use in the centre forward role. So even if the Chile international star Alexis Sanchez has been passed fully fit and the Frenchman has no qualms about using him then I would not be surprised to see Giroud in the starting line up against Manchester United today. ...........Read more
There is no doubt that the big game of the Premier League weekend is the trip of Arsenal to face our old rivals Manchester United, and with all of the other main players in the EPL title race playing games after us that we really expect them to win it is a hugely important away game for Arsene Wenger and his players.
As usual, however, the month of November has thrown a number of problems at the Gunners and the manager has revealed in the press conference which you can see in full on the Arsenal website that our brilliant young defender Hector Bellerin will miss the trip to Old Trafford and around the next four weeks of action as the Spanish international has an ankle problem. ...........Read more
England are set to face Spain at Wembley, in which could be Gareth Southgate’s hardest game since becoming interim boss of the national side, despite it only being a friendly between two second string sides.
To appease the Premier League club managers, Southgate has rightly refused to risk any big stars in which is basically a meaningless affair, but it is an opportunity to have a look at some of the fringe players who will be trying to impress the manager in the hope of becoming a first-teamer in future. ...........Read more
There continues to be plenty of ongoing speculation about potential candidates to replace Arsene Wenger when Le Prof’s time at the club comes to an end. As a result, with Gunners legend Robert Pires stating he wants to work at Arsenal, it may mean some jump to conclusions. However the Frenchman is possibly in line for a director’s role at the club, rather than to take over at the helm of first team duties. ...........Read more
In some ways I think that Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players will be pleasantly surprised to see the Tottenham team sheet for today’s north London derby at the Emirates stadium. On the other hand, the negative and defensive team that Mauricio Pochettino has selected could end up being very hard to break down and is aimed at frustrating us, like the famous bus parking tactics of Jose Mourinho. ...........Read more
It is just about typical of Arsenal´s bad luck with injury problems that Arsene Wenger is having to do without a number of big players as he prepares the team for the north London derby clash with Tottenham tomorrow, with the likes of Lucas Perez, Danny Welbeck and Per Mertesacker not due back for some time.
At least Kieran Gibbs and Santi Cazorla are set to be back in action for Arsenal soon, but they are out of this crucial local grudge match. Just to rub salt into the wound it seems that our rivals Spurs will have their own key man back from injury just in time. ...........Read more
Hugo Lloris has confirmed the feeling that Tottenham could not be in worse shape ahead of the North London Derby with Arsenal.
Spurs come into the tie having failed to win each of their last six matches in all competitions, and directly coming to the match after a thoroughly disappointing loss to Bayer Leverkusen, which leaves them on the verge of elimination from the Champions League at the group stage.
The Tottenham goalkeeper and club captain has now revealed his disappointment in his side’s recent slump, and dismal midweek display.
Lloris said: “We cannot be in a worse situation. ...........Read more
It is not a 100 percent accurate way of telling which Arsenal players will be in the starting line-up, but almost every time Arsene Wenger chooses one of the Gunners to do a press conference with him then that player will be in the team.
Yesterday the Arsenal boss spoke to the football media as Arsenal prepare for the Champions League away tie with Ludogorets and it was the two goal hero from Saturday’s win at Sunderland, Olivier Giroud, who fielded questions alongside Wenger, as the match preview in The Mirror shows. ...........Read more